Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles is on a roll!
The pro-Duterte lawyer offers her explanation how ABS-CBN became supermega heavyweight media conglomerate in the Philippines in her latest FB post.
According to Angeles, ABS-CBN got involved in government and received preferential and juicy government contracts. “Ganito yon. Kaya naging supermega heavyweight media conglomerate ang ABS CBN ay dahil nakikialam sila sa gobyerno. They got preferential treatment and juicy contracts.”
In exchange, the incumbent admin received favorable coverage, Angeles wrote. Instead of giving the public information, the network gives press releases of their favored politicians disguised as stories. “Ang kapalit, favorable coverage. Hindi nila tayo binibigyan ng info. Binibigyan nila tayo ng mga press releases ng mga favorite politicians nila, disguised as stories.”
Angeles said that ABS-CBN also engaged in media campaigns like what PR people does. However, they have their own style. “Nag engage din sila sa mga media campaigns tulad ng ginagawa ng mga PR people. Well… kamtotinkopit, parang glorified PR lang nga sila. In the service of the Lopez family.”
In addition, ABS-CBN provides entertainment to the masses. As the saying goes, you give bread (food) and circus (entertainment), the people will not complain. “At the same time, nagbibigay sila ng aliw. Eh alam niyo naman yang kasabihan, di ba? Basta mabigay ang bread (may nakakain) and circus (entertainment), quiet lang ang mamamayan. Distracted eh.”
However, the network’s excesses was also their undoing. Angeles remarked this got President Duterte’s attention. That is why in 2017, the reinterpretation of the Public Service Act was prioritized to limit foreign ownership only to three pubic utilities. “At dahil sa pagmamalabis na ito, napansın sila ng pangulo. Nung 2017 ginawa niyang priority ang pag reinterpret ng Public Service Act para yang public utilities are ma limit na lang sa koryente, tubig at sewerage. Dun sa saligang batas kasi yung mga public utilities ay kailangan 100 percent Filipino owned.”
If these are no longer public utility, allowing foreign investors in the field of transportation, communications and broadcasting is a go. “Kapag hindi na public utility ang mga ito, mapapayagan ang foreign investors sa larangan ng transportation, communications, broadcasting at iba pa. Kapag may foreign ownership, makakapasok ngayon ang ibang korporasyon.”
The more the competition, ABS-CBN can no longer dictate with crappy shows, news and opinion. “May kumpetisyon na ang ABS at iba pang stations. In fact, the more, the many-er. More investment, more stations, more choices. Di na makakadikta ang ABS ng mga crappy shows, ng taste, ng news, ng opinyon.”
On question why ABS-CBN is getting sued? Angeles answered with a rhetorical question, what if ABS-CBN will try to change the laws that clips their power? Do we just let them continue owning a franchise despite their violations? “So bakit kinasuhan ang ABS? Aba, eh paano kung pakialaman nila ang mga batas mag minimize ng kanilang power? Eto nga at huling huli silang lumalabag sa batas at nagbibuild ng virtual monopoly. Papayagan ba natin tuloytuloy pa ring hahawak ng prankisa ang ganyan?”